The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that public defender Tara Crane filed a motion Monday seeking dismissal of the second-degree murder charge against 20-year-old Shelby Dasher. Crane also asked for bail reduction if the murder charge is not dropped. Dasher has been jailed on $500,000 bond since Nov. 16.
Update 5:26 p.m. (adds more information, replaces 3:27 p.m. update):
Just a little over 24 hours after reporting her son missing an Affton woman has been charged in the child’s death.
Twenty-year-old Shelby Dasher faces a second-degree murder charge.
She’s accused of killing her 13-month-old son Tyler Dasher, then disposing of his body near a cemetery.
St. Louis County Police chief Tim Fitch says skilled investigators and interviewers helped bring the case to a head quickly.
“One of our first supervisors on the scene yesterday was a very experienced lieutenant who used to for most of his career handle child abuse cases,” Fitch said. “So he recognized rather quickly that this wasn’t just a missing person. That there was a lot more to this than just a baby missing out of his bed.”